Plan, Analyze, and Manage Hardware, Electronics and Systems Development, Production, Operations & Support
SEER for Hardware, Electronics, & Systems (SEER-H) is a decision-support tool that reliably and accurately estimates the total cost of ownership for new product development projects.
Hardware, Electronics, Development, Production, Operations & Support Estimating Software - Supports planning efforts throughout the project development lifecycle from project inception to production, including systems level, product development, production, operations, support and disposal costs.
Hardware, Electronics, Development, Production, Operations & Support Estimating Risk Planning & Management Software - Provides detailed insight into the risks, uncertainty and cost drivers associated with hardware development, acquisition and integration.
SEER-H enables project engineers, planners, and managers to determine lifecycle costs and development timetables for hardware projects spanning:
- Custom Integrated Circuits with the SEER-IC plugin
- Electro-Optical Sensor plugin
SEER-H focuses on providing an early preview of the effort, cost, time-to-market, staffing, risk and reliability involved in bringing a product to market and maintaining it over time -- a powerful adjunct to traditional project management software applications. Estimates are inclusive of development, production, operations, and support, addressing what is being built (the component, sub-system, system or system of systems), how it must perform, and how and where it will be built. For system-level estimates, SEER for Hardware, Electronics & Systems explicitly addresses the added costs associated with integrating components and subsystems into a coherent, functioning system.
Reduce Uncertainty with Viable Forecasts: Thousands of users apply SEER to forecast real-world outcomes by estimating software costs, schedule, effort, reliability and risk. And SEER-H provides total ownership costs too: nonrecurring engineering, recurring engineering, production, operations, support and more.
Lead the Development with Detailed, Achievable Project Plans: SEER users not only produce highly-accurate cost and schedule estimates, they’re also able to use the estimates they create to produce actionable – the kind of remarkably detailed plan that is fit to drive the project to production and beyond.
Should Cost - Boost Confidence with Verifiable Reasonableness: Capturing benchmark data and applying it is a powerful way to make new estimates more accurate than the last – and prior to using SEER that’s always been easier said than done. Built on a rich repository of industry-specific histories, the estimates SEER produces will stand up to the most rigorous analysis. You’ll know what it should cost, period.
Let's Get Technical
All SEER solutions are built on the same design principles, incorporating the following application elements:
An intuitive interface for defining and describing projects. Users can generate a new project from an existing project “template” or by adding and defining individual work elements. A series of pop-up windows and annotations guide users through the process of defining project scope, complexity, and technologies.
Sophisticated sector-specific mathematical models derived from extensive project histories, behavioral models, and metrics.
SEER Knowledge Bases serve as a virtual “in-house expert,” providing default project definitions, values, ranges, and calibrations based on comparable project histories. Enables users to develop first-look estimates when very little information is known, and to refine those estimates as details become available.
A variety of charts, graphs, and reports for quickly summarizing and presenting project and alternatives as well as work-in-progress.
Open architecture and APIs ensure that SEER applications can be easily integrated with departmental productivity solutions and enterprise applications.
Two-stage Project Estimating Approach
The SEER-H solution employs a two-stage approach to project estimating, leveraging similar project histories (industry and/or company-provided) and proven formulaic cost relationships. In the first stage of modeling a project, SEER for Hardware, Electronics & Systems generates an analogy between the current project and a comprehensive database of technical, programmatic, and cost information that is continually reviewed for applicability to current estimating requirements and technology. In the second stage of hardware and electronics modeling, Cost-Estimating Relationships (CERs) are applied to the analogous cost estimate to address company-specific development and production factors.
Project Planning Software for Complex Projects
From a preliminary estimate SEER-H users can optimize their project planning, performing extensive trade-off analyses on various design and production options such as make-buy considerations, alternative materials or labor sources, varying production runs, or different support scenarios. SEER-H is also fully integrated with SEER for Software and SEER for Manufacturing enabling users to develop a “Total System Vision” of complex projects. The results of these analyses can be documented and shared using SEER’s rich reporting capabilities, as well as exported to Microsoft Project and numerous other 3rd-party applications.
SEER-IC (Integrated Circuit) Plugin to SEER-H
SEER-H Electronics estimating includes the cost of custom ICs. But many organizations need to refine this cost in more detail by individual chip. SEER-IC adds specific features to extend the capability of SEER-H to estimate detailed cost of development and recurring costs for custom ICs, ASICs and FPGAs. SEER for Integrated Circuits (SEER-IC) is an optional capability for SEER-H. The Integrated Circuits option (SEER-IC) simplifies the estimation of the development and production costs for custom ICs, ASICs and FPGAs. SEER-IC enables accurate and reliable estimates specifying FPGA input variables such as Active I/O Pins per Chip, Clock Speed or Frequency, Active Logic Cells, New Design Percentage, Front and Back-end Complexity, and more. ASIC input variables include Process; Die Area; Feature Size (nanometers); Effective Gates per Die, Logic; Memory, and IP Logic Gates and Complexity; and more than 15 additional parameters. SEER-IC allows you to perform comprehensive design trades based upon the key parameters that ultimately determine the costs of these devices.
Additionally, The Integrated Circuits (IC) option for SEER-H offers estimation of Mixed Signal and MMIC technologies. This new capability extends SEER-IC to cover components designed for RF applications in addition recurring and non-recurring costs of developing a Standard Cell ASIC and FPGA. The FPGA model offers the most advanced estimation of these devices based on key design attributes and technologies used. ASIC and FPGA estimation can consider state of the practices as well as state of the art technologies, evaluating features size below 28 nm.
SEER Electro-Optical Sensor Plugin to SEER-H
SEER for Electro Optical Sensors (SEER-EOS) is an optional capability for SEER-H. The SEER-EOS plugin expands the capabilities of SEER-H, allowing you to perform a full lifecycle cost for space, manned aircraft, unmanned aircraft and missile based EO sensors. SEER-EOS adds specific features and estimation models to substantially improve the capability of SEER-H to estimate development and production costs of EO devices.
- Understand the implications of design changes on cost: SEER-EOS allows you to evaluate over 45 EO sensor technologies in terms of key technical and performance parameters
- Analyze alternatives quickly: SEER-EOS provides an intuitive and friendly environment that makes estimating EO sensor costs quick and easy. Ease of use provides the opportunity to evaluate more design alternatives in a shorter period of time, helping you discover the low-cost solution and/or determine the appropriate balance of cost and performance.
- Include system-level costs: Mix and match SEER-EOS estimation elements with standard SEER-H estimation capability yielding a robust estimation tool that is applicable to not just EO sensors, but also all cooperating and supporting systems.
The costs of each SEER-EOS technology are largely based on three to nine Key Technical and Performance Parameters (KTPPs). These parameters are cost drivers that relate directly to technical features and performance capability. The KTPPs typically (but not always) differ from one technology to the next. Because costs are mostly determined in terms of KTPPs, SEER-EOS is well suited to trade studies based on technical features and performance.
Learn about the additional capabilities of SEER for Hardware, Electronics & Systems project management software and how these extended capabilities can further improve your hardware development lifecycle: